Cynthia has practiced in the areas of tax and estate planning for more than 35 years. She’s represented wealthy individuals, their businesses, and their families in structuring their investment and business ventures with a forward view to estate succession.
Cynthia has represented clients before the U.S. Internal Revenue Service and Tax Court; obtained numerous private-letter rulings in the areas of corporate, individual, trust, estate, and gift taxation; and appealed a landmark case before the U.S. Supreme Court in the area of gift taxation. She emphasizes structure and valuation in guiding assets, business entities, and estates in a tax-efficient and effective manner through the succession process.
Cynthia has served on the boards of several Twin Cities educational and cultural organizations, including as the former chair of the Board of Visitors of the University of Minnesota Law School. Most recently, as a board member of Children’s Hospitals and Clinics Foundation, she served on the foundation’s Major Gifts and Asset Acquisition Committee. She is a frequent lecturer on tax and estate planning matters.
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Hart began practicing law in 2006 with the Chicago firm Winston & Strawn LLP where he concentrated on Estate Planning.
Hart’s practice concentrates on the tax efficient transfer of assets from one generation to the next through a structured succession process.
He works with wills, trusts, irrevocable life insurance trusts, grantor retained annuity trusts, grantor retained unitrusts, charitable remainder trusts, charitable lead trusts, family limited partnerships, intentionally defective grantor trusts and many other advanced estate planning methods that concentrate on tax efficiency. Additionally, knowing that tax planning is only one of many concerns a client may have, Hart concentrates on the full range of planning including powers of attorney, medical directives (living wills), and ethical wills.
Hart has also worked for Illinois Legal Aid Online and volunteered for Senator (then Representative) Mark Kirk of Illinois.
Hart is very active in the community. He is currently on the Board of Advisors for the Bell Museum of Natural History and was on the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Planetarium Society prior to its merger with the Bell Museum. Hart volunteers with the Courage Center as a ski instructor and has been involved with the Minnesota Orchestra’s Crash the Ball. He is a supporter of Temple Israel and his alma mater St. Paul Academy.
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Burt Ross was listed by Woodward/White, Inc. as one of the Best Lawyers in America, and was a frequent recipient of MSP Publications’ Minnesota Super Lawyer designation. Burt was born in 1936 in Chicago, IL. He received his undergraduate degree in history at Chicago’s Roosevelt University in 1958. He was a member of the Board of Editors at DePaul University Law Review from 1959-61. After graduating from DePaul University College of Law, he received a master’s degree in Taxation from Georgetown University. He worked with the Tax Division of the United States Department of Justice for five years before entering private practice in Minneapolis-St. Paul in 1968. For almost 20 years, starting in 1984, he headed Ross Rosenblatt, Ltd., proactively handling commercial matters for private companies and complex estate planning and succession transfer matters.
Burt spoke frequently on tax matters and published numerous articles, including one published in the Prentice-Hall anthology, “Landmark Papers on Estate Planning”. Burt was a past member of the Boards of Directors for the Guthrie Theatre, the Children’s Theatre and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.